CORONA DEL MAR — Tumua Anae is often seen as reserved, a calming influence on the United States women's water polo Olympic team.
Still, do not think for a second that she isn't extremely thrilled to be representing her country in her first Olympic Games. To some extent, she also represented her high school during Sunday afternoon's exhibition game against Hungary.
She received a nice ovation from the crowd at her alma mater, Corona del Mar High, when she came into the game in goal midway through the fourth quarter. And after the game, her eyes began to tear up when she talked about playing again in the CdM pool.
"It's great for me to have my family here, to play at home and to be going to the Olympics," Anae said before getting a bit choked up. "It's just really exciting. It just means a lot to be home."